OU-Tulsa's Early Childhood Education Institute Gets a $2.7 Million Grant from NIH

Oct 17, 2018

The Early Childhood Education Institute (or ECEI) at OU-Tulsa last month received a $2.7 million grant from NIH's National Institute of Child Health and Human Development to extend its work with researchers from Georgetown University. Per the OU-Tulsa website: "With the study's long-term focus (following children from age 3 through 4th grade), its depth (data collected from children, classrooms, teachers, parents, administrators, and health providers), [and] its sources (multiple methods used across various early childhood settings) -- this study is among the most comprehensive contemporary longitudinal studies of public pre-K and its associations with children's outcomes through elementary school.... The study, titled SEED (School Experiences and Early Development), began following approximately 650 three-year-olds from Educare, CAP-Tulsa, and community childcare programs in fall 2016. [These new] funds from NIH will allow expansion of the sample size, duration, and depth of the study." Our two guests on Studio Tulsa are Dr. Diane Horm, the George Kaiser Family Foundation Endowed Chair of Early Childhood Education and Founding Director of the ECEI, and Sherri Castle, who is the ECEI's Principal Investigator for the CAP-Tulsa Program Evaluation Project.